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As Mizzou takes its national-best record to the Rice Invitational this weekend, it is off to its best start since 2005. In 2005, that team wound up advancing the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done for this year's group, but there are a lot of similarities between this year's group and the 2005 team. We will break them down on the VolleyBlog today.
As Mizzou takes its national-best record to the Rice Invitational this weekend, it is off to its best start since 2005. In 2005, that team wound up advancing the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done for this year's group, but there are a lot of similarities between this year's group and the 2005 team. We will break them down on the VolleyBlog today.

Paige Buchanan's Journal Entry

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    I can't believe summer is almost over already! We have about 2 weeks left of workouts, and 3 weeks until we start practice.  It is flying by so fast!  But it isn't stopping us from working hard.

   

We are still lifting every day and conditioning Tuesday's and Thursday's, Thursday's in the sand.  Which can be fun but also very challenging.  

   

Anyways, we are so excited to have our new freshies here with us! We now have a complete team, and I couldn't be more excited to see what we will be able to accomplish.  All of us are putting in so much hard work in the weight room and on the court that success will hopefully come to us this next season.  Everyone is working well together and having fun which will make for an amazing next six months and beyond.  

  

Our doubles games each day are starting to get very competitive, which is a great prelude into season.  When it comes to the Tiger Challenge, black team is still winning...YUCK. GO GOLD :) If it is a physical challenge, black team wins.  But if we have to think or sprint, it usually goes to the gold. 

  

One of the goals we talked about in our meeting last week for next year is to be an Academic All-American team and with how all of our summer classes are going, I think we may just accomplish it!  I can't wait to see what this season has in store for all of us, but until then we are going to continue to work hard and better ourselves.  I hope Molly is having fun in Peru with the National Team!

 

We are finishing up these last two weeks by going hard!

 

Paige Buchanan #12

Jade Hayes' Journal Entry

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Teamwork is Togetherness, Excellence, Accountability, Motivation, Will, Optimism, Respect and Knowledge.

                When a team is at its best, all the individuals-top to bottom- are working together for a common goal. Egos have no place. Who gets the credit is of no importance. The team, in turn, makes the individual better. A team has to put their personal interests aside and in other words, "Die to self!" We can't win every game by ourselves; it takes the whole team to win the game. The more that our teammates can do, the better off the team will be.  A team shouldn't care who gets the most kills, aces, assists, blocks, or digs. At the end of the game, all that matters is if we won as a TEAM!

Human nature compels us to look out for ourselves first and think of others second. But we are supposed to live a life of serving others. We should put others first even when we are asked to do the unthinkable. For example, if you had to decide being the coach with the best record, the leading scorer on the team, or the team manager which would you choose and why?  I am sure most of us wouldn't choose to be the manager...But thank you Matthew Porter for stepping up to the plate for that one!

 The natural tendency for the spotlight can cause us not to value serving others as much as we should. The challenge for our team this year is that we step out beyond our comfort zone and be the team we know we can be; sharing the qualities it takes to have TEAMWORK.

A leader is about Love, Encouragement, Attitude, Discipline, Enduring, and Responsibility.

Being a leader is about living a life without gaps - being one of integrity and great character. Who are you when no one is looking?  In sports, the presence of gaps can be costly. For a football team, it may be an offensive lineman who misses an assignment and gives his defensive opponent a clear shot at the quarterback. For a soccer or hockey team, it may be a goalkeeper who drifts too far from their post and gives the opposing offense a wide-open shot. For a volleyball team, it may be a hitter who transitioned early instead of blocking and left an open net for the opposing middle hitter and leaving her defensive teammate a chance to dig a ball straight to the face. No matter the sport, one thing remains the same: gaps can negatively impact an athlete's or a team's chance at success.

Our other team challenge this year is to take our eyes off of ourselves and cheer on those around us, living without gaps. Our encouragement and words of praise will make a difference! Completing our challenge will show that Mizzou Volleyball has taken over the sports world and started motivating, encouraging, and inspiring through building up. Our team will show  that we are the team that sets the standard, everywhere you turn, Mizzou Volleyball will be the example team that refreshes, builds, and brings life into the locker room, the court, and our team huddle; that we become committed to infusing life into others through our intentional words of nourishment.  People will feast off our encouragement, and ladies, "WE WILL CONQUER THE BEAST!"  Proverbs 14:23 says, "There is profit in all hard work..."     In other words- "LET'S DO WORK!!"  J

 

Molly Kreklow's Journal Entry

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Hey Mizzou Volleyball fans!

The team is back at it and working very hard! The summer is very important for our team because we take classes, we do team workouts and we have open gyms.

Our team workouts are Monday- Thursday from 6am to 8am. These workouts consist of lifting and conditioning. We also spend time working on agility and quickness. Coach Stewart is in charge of these workouts and he makes us work really hard. Since last week was our first week, a lot of people were tired and sore including me! The team also spends time playing doubles. We started a tournament in which we pick doubles partners at random and then we play all the other teams. We end up playing 3-4 games to 15 and we keep track of how many games everyone wins. At the end of June there will be one winner, which will be the person with the best record. This is really fun because it gives everyone a chance to play with and against everyone. And it also gives everyone a chance to play all positions since we play 2 vs. 2 (Everyone is required to pass, set and hit at some point). This summer we have decided to have open gym Monday -Thursday right after we're done with workouts. On Monday and Wednesday we play indoors and on Tuesday and Thursday we play outside on the sand courts.

We have also added another member to our team, Melissa Hartsel! She is one of our new freshmen and she is joining us for summer workouts. So far she is doing a great job!! She joins Brit, Niki, Lisa and I on the BLACK TEAM for Tiger Challenge!


We're getting excited for the upcoming season and we hope all you are too!!!

Go MIZZOU!

Pip Armendariz's Journal Entry

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Hello ALL! Well it is about that time, time to wrap up the spring semester. As most of you know by now we are short on players so the opportunity for us to play any spring tournaments was limited. Sadly, we will not be going to any spring tournaments this year. This week of the 18th is our last week of spring practices. We will continue to lift the week after and do our final testing in the weight room with high hopes of everybody setting personal records on their lifts! A lot of people in the past couple weeks have already been hitting their PR's which is great! Brittney set a new team record for power cleans and we all were very proud of her! As far as practices go, we have had a couple of the alumni players coming back to help us out so we could be able to scrimmage and do more 5 on 5 and 6 on 6 work to give our team a more game like feel to practices. Catie Wilson and Wendy Wang have been coming to help us out with that and I can't thank them enough! All spring we have been doing very simple, but very important skill work. A lot of individual reps and drills to get our techniques down to a T. I think this spring has been going really well. We have a really young team right now and it is going to stay that way. We have 5 more freshman coming in to add to the 2 we already have now. With Britt and I being the only seniors it is going to take a lot of leadership from us to guide this new, young team to victory and I am super excited for it!

Brittney Brimmage's Journal Entry

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HI!!!! Its Brittney Brimmage #2 MB for Missouri Volleyball!!!

 

This week, practice is going really well and we are winding down the clock to our little summer break. Our two new first-semester freshmen are blending in well in our program and have adapted really well to our program.

Lisa Henning's Jpurnal Entry

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Well it's just the end of the first week of team practices. Luckily the weekend was here just in time for all of us to recover from practice. Waking up at 7:30am everyday of the week was a challenge but knowing that we are waking up this early to go play volleyball makes it a little bit easier. Practice this week was different than during season, since we a limited amount of players, but we still practice just as hard. Being one of three hitters is awesome because since there are only three of us we get A LOT of reps, and I'm sure that the Defensive specialist love digging with no blockers. Towards the end of the week in practice we started to play Hitters vs. Diggers which is an game that involves the team as a whole which is something we can't do often since we are low on players. 

 

Paige Buchanan's Journal Entry

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We finished up our last week of individual position practices with an intense game of Black VS. Gold Dodgeball. Because we played in the Indoor Devine Facility, we played it where one team lines up against a wall and has to dodge kickballs while the other team constantly throws at them.  Unfortunately black team won. GO GOLD! Anyways we started off this week with our first team practices.  There was a lot of questions about how it would work with a hurt setter, three hitters, and five defensive players. But Wayne did a great job of finding ways to still work on our individual skills and still get a lot of reps. 

Ashton Bodenstab' Journal

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It's a couple of months into the spring semester and it's gone by quicker than I ever would have imagined.  Anyone else feel like they can't believe we are headed towards mid March already? I know I sure can't! With school and volleyball workouts in full force it's been a quick couple of months.

Jade Hayes' Diary

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I think our team is off to a fabulous start!!! Our whole team is working hard to accomplish our spring goals to initiate success for the upcoming fall season!!! I love our team and am so excited for what God has in store for us! These are some of my favorite traits of the girls on our team that I believe will make us successful:

 

Niki Collier's Journal Entry

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 Well it has been less than a month of being in college and already we have been through a blizzard, three college snow days, and we are just kicking off the spring workouts. Needless to say it has been an eventful college experience so far! I have quickly learned that being a student athlete is harder than it seems between practice, workouts, class and then study hall - but I love it! Luckily for Jade and me (being the new "freshies" and all), the girls have really welcomed us into the team with open arms and made the transition from high school to college very easy. I can already tell that we will end up being like a family, and I am very grateful for that. Each is very special in their own way and I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone more!

Mizzou Volleyball Live Blog - At Texas A&M (10-13)

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Follow the Tigers as they face Texas A&M Wednesday night (Oct. 13) at Reed Arena in College Station. The Tigers will look to get back on track as they look for theirt eighth win away from Hearnes this season. Mizzou had only seven all of 2009. Click the link below to follow all of the action!

 

Tiger Invitational Live Blog - Day One

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The Mizzou volleyball program will host the Tiger Invitational all weekend long at the Hearnes Center. On Friday, the Tigers will meet Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada at Hearnes at 6:30 p.m. MUTigers.com will be there all weekend long to document the action, starting with Friday's match. Click below for the link to the live blog.

Volleyball Black & Gold Match

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The Mizzou volleyball team opens its 2010 season on Friday with the annual Black & Gold scrimmage. MUTigers.com will be there to document the action in the first of a series of live blogs that will be available all season long!

 

Click the link below to access the blog!

Weekly Volleyball Uodate: Molly Kreklow

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Hello Tiger Volleyball Fans!

Some of you may not know who I am because this is my first semester in college here at Mizzou. I graduated high school early (in January) so I could start my collegiate career this spring. As you can imagine, the past couple months have been a major transition for me. I am practicing and playing with the team as well as taking a full 15 hour class schedule. I've been learning a lot and gaining some very valuable experience which will put me in a great position to help the team come this summer and fall.

 

 

Marissa Ferri's Journal Entry

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Hi everyone!

 

Since this is my first spring season with Missouri Volleyball I have had many new experiences and I have learned a lot from this team. In the beginning of the spring we were working on our individual skills and since I am a defensive specialist I worked with Priscilla Armendariz and Caitlyn Vann. Now for the past 4 weeks we have been having our team practices to get us back in the flow of things and improve our team chemistry. Off the court we have been working hard as well and Coach Paul is always pushing us in the weight room and keeping us in shape. We also have two teams within our whole team (the black and the gold) and we compete against each other in physical and mental challenges to earn points each week. Off the court we can earn points as well for doing things such as extra study hall hours or getting an A on a test. This weekly competition has benefited our team in many ways by helping us improve our competitive sides, but our sportsmanship as well.

 

Get to Know Brittney Brimmage

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During the offseason, the Mizzou volleyball program has introduced a video segement that will help fans get to know their favorite student-athletes. Each week, MUTigers.com will cath up with one of the Mizzou volleyball players and give an inside look into that player's life. This week, MUTigers.com caught up with middle hitter Brittney Brimmage.

Weekly Journal Entry: Priscilla Armendariz

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Hello Tiger fans!

Today is Wednesday March 24, 2010 and Spring Break is right around the corner, which means that we have been in spring training for nine weeks now. These past nine weeks have flown by and the team as a whole has improved more than words can describe.

Brittney Brimmage's Journal Entry

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Hello Tiger fans!

It has been a busy couple of weeks for me. Last Friday my day started off going to class at 8:55 a.m., but when I got to the door there was a notice that stated that class was cancelled! I was kind of mad that she didn't send an e-mail out earlier - that way I wouldn't have had to wake up that early. Shoot, the more sleep I can get the better! So I just took care of some school business in the art department since my next class didn't start till 12. I went over to Memorial Union had a little lunch with a couple of friends.

Volleyball Weekly Journal: Caitlyn Vann

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 Hello Volleyball Fans!

 

Caitlyn Vann here. Well...last week was quite interesting. Coach Paul aimed at making it one of our hardest weeks so far and I must say that between individuals, lifting, running stairs, and 24-minute Indian runs, our team was definitely exhausted by the time Friday rolled around. However, we have undoubtedly come a long way since the first week of training.

 

Weiwen Wang's Weekly Journal Entry

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 Hello Tiger Fans!

 

Hope everyone is getting used to the new pace of 2010! I went home for winter break and had a lot of fun with my parents and friends; I haven't seen some of them for almost three years! Now I'm back to school. The first coupe days when I came back, I couldn't adjust to the time difference very well. I always woke up in the very early morning. Fortunately, we don't have practice in the first week of school. And I'm totally fine now! The classes of this semester are a little challenging for me.

 

 

Catie Wilson's Weekly Update

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Each week, the MUTigers.com blog will feature a weekly update from one of the Tiger volleyball players, updating their training throughout the spring. First up on the volleyball blog is Tiger middle hitter Catie Wilson. Wilson finished the 2009 season as the Big 12's seventh-most efficient hitter. She also posted more kills last season than in her first two seasons as a Tiger combined. Below is her weekly update.

 

Volleyball Announces Spring Competition Schedule

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The Mizzou volleyball program has announced its competition schedule for the upcoming spring semester. As some know, the spring season in volleyball is a lot like the spring football season. The team will go through strength and conditioning and is allowed to practice as well, giving the team a chance to prepare for the 2010 season. The 2010 schedule was just recently announced as well. The schedule is highlighted by a trip to Malibu, Calif., for the Pepperdine Invitational.